14 replies [Last post]
Offline
Location: Neveda
Joined: 07/22/2008
Posts: 179
NM GMU 15 Update

Good Evening All:
Second in the unit 15 update, was down in unit 15 Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, Camped at the El Casa campgrounds, lot of people using the campgrounds.
Coyotes- still a lot of dogs in the area, they enjoy singing in the morning, but one less voice on Sunday (harvested on Saturday evening) morning see attached of CIC House (Commander In Charge of household), This springs pup came in looking for a rabbit and found a .223 instead. Only one dog this weekend, but there is still time and lots of scouting to do.
Now for the Elk:
Lots of Archery hunting working this area, from 32 west across Slaughter Mesa all the way to Hwy 12, talked with several, they have been seeing bulls but not getting shots. Sunday morning left the truck at 0400 and started my walk in, though the canyon to the first turn, there was a bull at the beginning of the canyon and bugling, did not hear any cows talking, I’m assuming a single bull, got past him and across the valley floor, as entered the tree line, spooked something in-front of use, not sure but it did make a lot of noise though the timber. Worked across three draws to the bowl I needed to be in. Arrived the vantage point just after 5am. Sat down by the tree and listened to 3 different bulls bugle before sun-up. To the North-East of my location was the better sounding bull, nice deep voice. I sat and watched a hunter enter the far South (same way I come in) end of the canyon using a headlamp to make his way in, this sent the bull further North, never did see him. The bull that was across the flats did stay until sun-up and he is a Rag Horn 4X5, try to find some cows. Did the coyote hunt to no avail, went and picked up the Trail Cam I had placed out the previous Wednesday, counter showed 34 pictures, I was excited, trip home and plugged in the Camera, I did not trim a large branch off a tree about 12 feet in front. Only one bad picture of a bull, not sure how big, but did get some good cow/calf pictures (see attached). The bulls are there and singing in the mornings. I’ll lay off the area for a couple of weeks and then back out the for a better camera set up.
Best of Luck
M. Bird

PreviewAttachmentSize
DSC_0022.JPG
DSC_0022.JPG407.68 KB
DSC_0010.JPG
DSC_0010.JPG422.49 KB
DSCF0002.JPG
DSCF0002.JPG329.34 KB
niceshot_smitty's picture
Offline
Location: Los Alamos, NM
Joined: 06/08/2011
Posts: 452
HELP

i know this is a old post of yours, but i have the 1st Muzzleloader tag in Oct.  and was hoping to get some info from someone that nows the unit.  i was lucky to get this tag being the 1st time i put in for it.  i am willing to go all the way just need a starting point... thanks much

 

 

ordnancenm's picture
Offline
Joined: 10/22/2009
Posts: 10
UNIT 15 info

Hello all,

My 13 year old son drew a deer muzzle loader youth tag for unit 15. I can usaully find elk in this unit but all we have seen so far for scouting are does. Any advice on where to go? It's the late November hunt, with any luck the weather changes and gets cold enough to stir the rut.

 

Thanks,

niceshot_smitty's picture
Offline
Location: Los Alamos, NM
Joined: 06/08/2011
Posts: 452
I have elk hunt in Oct.  i

I have elk hunt in Oct.  i will do some looking around.  any good ponters for where to go for elk?

Offline
Joined: 01/18/2008
Posts: 27
Scouting

Gonna go down next weekend to check things out.  I drew the first muzzy hunt as well.  Will keep you guys updated.  M. Bird,  You draw for archery this year?

 

 

 

niceshot_smitty's picture
Offline
Location: Los Alamos, NM
Joined: 06/08/2011
Posts: 452
Have you hunted this unit

Have you hunted this unit before?  cause i am new to the game unit.  i just hope all the hype is really for the unit 15. 

Offline
Joined: 01/18/2008
Posts: 27
Unit 15

Niceshot_smitty,

I have hunted this unit several times.   It's as good as unit as you make it.   If you hunt hard you will find a bull you are looking for.  There are good bulls in there!! Out of the four years I have drawn this unit the biggest bull I have seen is 360ish (which i choked on) but it is a good area.  If you need help PM me.  M.Bird is a good resource as well, as the information I recieved was very helpful.  Good Luck...  We have the same hunt.... where do you plan on camping?

niceshot_smitty's picture
Offline
Location: Los Alamos, NM
Joined: 06/08/2011
Posts: 452
not sure yet on camping yet. 

not sure yet on camping yet.  I might be a little picky but my dad isn't.  Hope to both tag out. 

Offline
Location: Neveda
Joined: 07/22/2008
Posts: 179
back in the world again, if

back in the world again, if you need information on 15, let me know, just spent some time down there

have a great day

dee
Offline
Joined: 02/29/2012
Posts: 2
UNIT 15

What size elk should a man hold for in unit 15. me and my brothers are taking my dad first muzzleloader hunt this oct. in that unit. we are realistic but dont want to shoot something to small or hunt something thats not there either. thanks for any help.

niceshot_smitty's picture
Offline
Location: Los Alamos, NM
Joined: 06/08/2011
Posts: 452
Well...  There is a lot of

Well...  There is a lot of Elk in Unit 15!  Alot of the bulls we were seeing where rag horns that people where shooting.  I passed up a 330 class bull opening day and another 330 class the 3rd day.  I should have shot the 1st one.  I know there is 380 class bulls but i wouldn't pass up a 330 to 350 class one.  I did hunt 3 different areas in unit 15.  where do you plan on going?

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Colorado GMUs 3/4/301dwomer711/09/2009 09:32 am
Live from the Tree Update!jim boyd810/26/2010 19:40 pm
CO Elk Rut Updatecodyac21809/17/2009 17:34 pm
CWD UPDATE 2005flounder001/02/2006 10:50 am
CWD UPDATE 88 AUGUST 31, 2007flounder009/01/2007 15:40 pm